The Steelers lost more than a wide receiver when they lost Hines Ward a couple weeks back . They lost a true veteran team leader . They lost a battle tested guy that when the bullets started flying , you knew you had that guy that was going to cover your back no matter what the situation . In addition , the lost a guy that will take the young pups under his wing and give direction when direction is needed . Its now time for one Ben Roethlisberger to step up and take the torch carried by Hines for the last fourteen years and assume that same role . Ben is a veteran battle tested player who has played in three Super Bowls and won two . We all know Ben's talent , that goes without saying . Now , he needs to become the unquestioned leader of his football team . For this team to succeed going forward , Ben needs to be the field general . The time is now , Ben needs to seize the moment .